Dogs look to open district with win over 0-5 Llano

Two teams heading the wrong direction, Brady and Llano, will attempt to start district play right will meet here Friday night. Who would have thought that there would be only one victory between the two old rivals when they began District 26-3A play after the completion of non-league competition’ That’s the way it is, however; Brady is 1-4 with its only win being in the second game of the season over Mason, 20-9. Narrow losses have been to Coleman (22-21) and Ballinger (21-14) while Sonora and Comanche won rather decisively. Llano is winless through its first five games. They have also played a tough schedule, two of them to 4A schools. Losses have been to Lampasas 16-0, Ballinger 28-7, Taylor 32-12, Abilene Wylie 41-7 and Marble Falls 28-21. The Yellowjackets appear to be getting back on track with their close defeat to Marble Falls last Friday. The Bulldogs fell behind in their game in Comanche last week, 21-0, before scoring late in the game. “We need a win,” Brady coach Jay Jones said flatly Wednesday. “That’s all there is to it.” He said that two positive things can happen with a victory: (1) We would be tied for first place in district, and (2) Burnet will probably be one of those tied with us, and we host them here on Oct. 20. “I think the Llano game is a critical one for us. I compare it to our match-up with Ballinger last year on the same weekend. We won that game and went on to the playoffs. We need this win for us to have that shot,” he said. Jones said that his squad’s practices have been upbeat this week with the tempo being high. “I still believe that the key to victory for us is basically, effort and execution,” he added. The Brady coach said that the key to Llano’s offense is senior tailback Chris Webb, a 6-0, 205-pounder. “He is their ‘go-to’ guy, without a doubt,” he said. The Yellowjacket quarterback is another senior, Lance Heller, who would rather run than pass. Defensively, Llano is paced by Trent Yarter, a 175-pound linebacker who “runs to the ball as well as anyone we’ve seen this season.” Another top defender is Daniel Rusche, a 6-3, 195-pound end. “He’s been a force for their defense.” Coach of the Llano team is Karl McCormack, who has a 33-14 record there starting this season. When he got around to discussing his Bulldogs, Jones said that he’s looking for a big ball game from senior QB Rhett Behrens. “Our defensive unit needs to step up and continue to play hard. They’ve done that for the past two weeks. They’ve played good enough for us to win. Now it’s just a matter of the offense getting on top of their game. We must establish the run,” Jones said. “Llano plays tough defense, and they will try to limit our passing game. We have to be able to run,” he emphasized. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.

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